“Let’s lift her name up, together, c’mon yall!”
“Renisha Mcbride! Renisha McBride! Renisha McBride!”
Police say her car crashed around 1 am then, two hours later, around 3 am, McBride was a shot and killed on the front porch of a home on Outer Drive.
While Dearborn Heights is about 83% white, Outer Drive is a relatively diverse neighborhood.
On the night of the shooting, the murderer was taken to the police station, where he was questioned and then let go, according to his attorney.
Victim’s family is still waiting for justice
But McBride’s family isn’t buying it.
“My niece is gone. Now, right now, the way I’m feeling? It was racist.”
Bernita Spinx is McBride’s aunt. She told the local Fox news station that she believes McBride was just looking for help after her car crash.
“You seen this black African young lady, knocking – not breaking in your house, not breaking a window – knocking! For help!”
McBride’s family says they had to have a closed casket funeral for McBride, because of the gunshot wound to the front of her head.
Bernita Spinx says it’s unfair that her niece’s killer is still free.
“And he’s outta jail? Wow. Could I possibly do that? Somebody knocked on my door and I pull out my shotgun, would I be standing here? No, I’d be in jail without a bond.”
The shooter’s side of the story
“There was a lot of banging. A lot of noise. And it didn’t sound like just knocking.”
On the night of the shooting, Carpenter says her client was afraid for his life, and regrets what he says was a tragic accident.
“I want to say that this was a tragedy for everyone involved,” says Carpenter. “He realizes that a life was taken. It was a young woman. And he is devastated by that fact.”
While there don’t appear to have been any eyewitnesses to the shooting, Dearborn Heights police say they do want to arrest the homeowner.
But the county prosecutor says more investigation still needs to be done
“Then you add the racial element to it, the case has now taken a life of its own, and it’s not going down the right track.”
Excerpts taken from Michigan Radio.